University of Calgary

Students behind the support

UToday HomeFebruary 17, 2012

By Verity Conrad

Chancellor’s Club Scholars and Student Ambassadors (left to right) Haley Brett (Faculty of Arts), Michael Wong (Faculty of Medicine) and Samantha Hossack (Faculty of Arts) volunteered at the latest Chancellor’s Club event. Photo by Verity ConradChancellor’s Club Scholars and Student Ambassadors (left to right) Haley Brett (Faculty of Arts), Michael Wong (Faculty of Medicine) and Samantha Hossack (Faculty of Arts) volunteered at the latest Chancellor’s Club event. Photo by Verity ConradThe University of Calgary’s commitment to enhanced community engagement means more relationship-building opportunities between students and their external supporters.

On February 8, students met with Suncor President Rick George, a key leader in the energy business who presented a lecture to a packed audience of Haskayne School of Business MBA students and guests. He stressed the importance of clear business objectives, goal setting and a positive attitude to achieve success.

“Leadership is a natural thing that’s not complex,” George told the audience. “Just remember to be an optimist because people can’t follow negative models for long.”

Later that evening, Chancellor Jim Dinning invited George to a Chancellor’s Club event at the EEEL building as a featured guest speaker. The Chancellor also welcomed Steve Larter, Canada Research Chair in Petroleum Geology, ISEEE Fellow and Scientific Director, Carbon Management Canada Inc. to join George in a spirited discussion.

"With Rick George as our guest speaker, and Dr. Larter as our contributing researcher, we had a buzz at Chancellor's Club unlike ever before,” said Dinning. “Our guests walked away with a far better appreciation of the opportunities and the obstacles that Alberta has to manage in order to maximize the benefits. The university has a big role to play in unblocking those obstacles.”

A firm supporter of student achievement, the Chancellor’s Club offers scholarships to top students. Valued at $10,000 per year for undergraduate and $20,000 for graduate students, Chancellor’s Club scholarships are among Canada’s most prestigious university scholarships.

“I’m proud and glad to have received this award,” says second-year honours Health Science student Michael Wong, who helped out at the event. “I like meeting with other scholars to learn about their studies and as a volunteer here, it’s a privilege to be included.”

Samantha Hossack is in her third year of an English and History program and has received a Chancellor’s Club scholarship for the past three years. “Without having this scholarship there was no way I could go to university,” she says. “I’m so thankful that the university gave me this opportunity. My role as ambassador is to engage the community with the university.”

Chancellor's Club at the University of Calgary is made up of community, business and academic leaders whom the Chancellor has invited to support the university in a stimulating and unique way. More importantly, Chancellor's Club creates opportunities to attract and support extraordinary students who raise the quality of learning and standard of excellence at the University of Calgary. For more information on the Chancellor’s Club, please visit their website. For a full listing of on-campus community events, please access the university’s community engagement calendar.